8 Tips for Choosing a Heating and Cooling Company

The best time to choose a heating and cooling company is before an emergency happens with your air conditioner, furnace, or any other component of your commercial or residential HVAC system. Having the time for research and careful consideration goes a long way towards averting disappointment later on. Consider it establishing a relationship with a company who will be there for you when you need anything from routine maintenance to emergency repairs.

The heating and cooling industry is very competitive in most regions, and Manitoba is certainly no exception. If you opt to choose a company based solely on geographical proximity to your business or home address, you run the risk of being disappointed with their professionalism or the quality of their work.

To help you in your search, here are eight tips for choosing a heating and cooling company.

1.  Talk to your neighbors and friends.

What companies have they hired? Have their experiences been good or bad? There’s a good chance that you will have similar experiences.

2.  Read online reviews.

Are reviews generally positive or negative? Do they highlight customer testimonials on their website? Are they a member of the Better Business Bureau? Be sure to look beyond the number score of the ratings, and read the text of the reviews. Sometimes you can learn a lot from a review, while other times you will find an irrational or hostile review.

3.  Check out the company website.

Is the website informative and maintained? Is the website set up to be helpful to you as a customer? You can often tell a lot about a company from its website. Do they have videos you can watch, or a blog you can read?

4.   Compare not just price, but value. 

It’s tempting to choose a heating and cooling company based purely on price, but the cheapest option is not necessarily the best one. Residential and commercial heating and cooling systems are very complex, and the reliability of the systems depends more on the installer’s abilities and experience rather than the system’s factory specifications.

5.  Experience and Longevity.

The length of time that a company has been in business is very telling. You don’t want a ‘fly-by-night’ company that is in the industry to make a quick buck, and then you can never find them again when something goes awry. Look at the company’s website to see how long they’ve been in business. A company that demonstrates longevity will typically have a vested interest in continuing to educate their employees and keeping current with the latest techniques and equipment to provide you with the most efficient products available for your budget.

6.  Look for special offers and/or rebates.

Manufacturer rebates can be a great way to save money on new equipment. Ask about rebates or special offers from your utility, your installer, and the manufacturer. You may be able to achieve substantial savings by combining different offers.

7.   Know the right questions to ask.

Oftentimes, HVAC systems with a higher cost upfront will lead to long-term savings. Even though the upfront cost is higher, you can save money in the long run because of the increased efficiency. When formulating your questions to the company, don’t forget to ask about long-term cost and energy savings.

When comparing air conditioning models, look for the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) number, which measures the cooling efficiency of your air conditioner or heat pump. The higher the SEER number, the more efficient the system at converting electricity into cooling power.

When comparing energy efficiency between furnace models, check the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating. The AFUE rating measures how much energy is being converted to heat. For example, an AFUE of 90 means that 90% of the fuel is being used to warm your home, while the other 10% escapes as exhaust with the combustion gases.

8.  Obtain written quotes.

It’s a good idea to get written quotes from the various local heating and cooling companies that you are considering. Comparing written estimates is a helpful way to ensure that you are evaluating equipment with similar specifications, and to make sure that the technician/installer hours quoted are in line with one another.

At Reliable Heating & Air Conditioning, we believe our core strength lies in our expertly trained staff of licensed and bonded electricians, refrigeration mechanics, licensed gas fitters, and sheet metal journeymen. Our technicians are trained and equipped to handle anything from routine maintenance on a residential system to complete turnkey installations for commercial environments.

Reliable provides commercial and residential service in Winnipeg and surrounding areas including Ile-des-Chenes, Headingley, Oakbank, and Lockport.

We aren’t happy with anything less than complete customer satisfaction, so leave the heating and cooling projects up to Reliable Heating & Air Conditioning. Call us at (204) 888-6663 today!

4 Common Signs Signaling Air Conditioner Maintenance

As Manitobans know, our temperatures can change not only from day-to-day, but often from hour-to-hour! In a 24-hour period, it’s entirely possible to experience a temperature differential in excess of 30 degrees Celsius, depending on the time of year.

That means that we rely on our home air conditioning system to be in optimum working condition, at all times. As with any other home appliance, regular maintenance is essential. We recommend annual maintenance as a way to mitigate costly breakdowns and keep the unit working at peak efficiency, while also extending the lifespan of the unit.

In addition to regular maintenance by a professional technician, there are things that you can do as a homeowner to help keep your air conditioner working efficiently, such as ensuring that the unit is kept clean and unobstructed.

A quick visual inspection is all that’s necessary to make sure that the unit is free of weeds, dirt, grass, and debris that might inhibit air flow. Many homeowners inadvertently place objects such as lawn chairs, tables, or play structures too close to their air conditioning unit, which can result in reduced air flow and efficiency, but more importantly, can pose a health risk to you and your family.

There are, of course, unseen dangers such as mould forming around the evaporator coil located in the ductwork near the furnace, as warm moist air condensates on cold coils that are dehumidifying the home. You already know how mould can adversely affect your family (pets are even more sensitive to mould spores than humans). Installing a UV light can prevent this from happening and give you one less thing to worry about!

Other signs that your air conditioner might be in need of service include:

Lack of Cold Air or Poor Air Flow

The number one sign for air conditioner repair is when the air coming from the vents is not as cold as it once was – or isn’t cold at all. This can be a sign that the refrigerant level is low or that the compressor isn’t working anymore. Similarly, if the air flow is weak or not as strong as it once was, that might indicate a malfunctioning compressor. If some areas of the home are getting cool air and others are not, the problem could exist in your duct work or with your thermostat, in which case the entire air conditioning system should be inspected.

Moisture Where It Shouldn’t Be

Depending on the source, moisture near the area of your air conditioning unit can either be a routine fix, or can represent a serious problem. Water pooling around your air conditioner can result from the tube that’s responsible for expelling the unit’s condensation being broken or blocked. Any level of leaking water, or ice forming on the unit, can lead to more expensive issues in the long term, and should be dealt with as part of the seasonal maintenance.

Refrigerant leaks aren’t common in air conditioning systems, because the refrigerant line is designed to be permanently sealed. However, they can happen, so if the moisture source is unknown, it’s best to call a professional to avoid any danger.

Unusual Noises

Presumably, you wouldn’t drive your car around for very long without an inspection if it suddenly started making strange sounds. The same principle should be applied when it comes to your air conditioning system. It can be difficult for a homeowner to determine where the sounds originate; an issue with the motor will sound different than a problem with the condenser unit. The noises could also be the result of something relatively simple, like a part that has become loose or bent. Either way, a professional and licensed technician will be able to determine exactly what’s causing the noise and perform any necessary air conditioner repair.

Unusual Odors

The source of strong or pungent odors emanating from your home’s air conditioning unit can be as difficult to identify as noises. Nevertheless, the cause of unusual odors must be dealt with soon after they are identified, as they could pose health risks in the long term. A burning smell could indicate burnt wiring, and a musty smell could indicate that mould is growing in the unit or in your home’s ductwork.

Other common indicators of an air conditioning unit that may need a professional inspection include electricity bills that are unusually high, or years of use without ever having professional maintenance. You may not need a new AC unit, but having it serviced or repaired will boost its efficiency and save money in the long run.

Most air conditioner repairs are fairly routine, but homeowners often avoid calling an air conditioning repair technician because they fear a large bill. If your AC unit is new, you may find that the repair is covered under a manufacturer’s warranty. It’s better to fix a small problem quickly than to wait and let it grow into a larger problem.

At Reliable, customer service is our number one priority, and we want to ensure that you have a positive experience when you deal with us. Call us to schedule your annual inspection, or if you find that after a long winter, your unit is acting strangely, we might be able to diagnose the problem over the phone.

One call to Reliable will ensure that you get the most enjoyment out of our glorious summer season!

43rd Annual Winnipeg Home & Garden Show

Home & Garden Show Winnipeg 2017

Overhead Door of Winnipeg will once again be among the exhibitors at the 43rd Annual Winnipeg Home + Garden Show.

The show has a few new features this year and we’re very excited to be a part of it all. You will find everything from home improvement ideas, gardening ideas and great deals, windows and flooring, cabinets and landscaping, not to mention CONTESTS!

Some of the show features include The Design Studio, where industry pros help you nail down your design style and offer tried-and-true design advice; My Playce Playhouse, a designer space created for kids to play their way; and a Scattered Seeds Pop-Up Market, for those in need of a little retail therapy.

Buy your tickets online and save $3.00, it doesn’t get more Manitoban than that!

Head to downtown Winnipeg from Thursday, April 6th at noon until Sunday, April 9th at 6:00pm to start planning your spring project; you will find us in Booth 824 in Hall C  beside the Scattered Seeds Market at the RBC Convention Centre. Our display will include beautiful products that you may never have considered for your home.

Given that summer is approaching, get tips on Air Conditioner maintenance and saving energy!

Scratch & Dent Sale!

Reliable Heating & Air Conditioning Special SalesTake advantage of our Scratch & Dent Sale!

We have tons of furnaces, air conditioners and more that are slightly scratched or dented that we’re offering HUGE sales on! Save hundreds on brand name, high quality air conditioners, furnaces and more! Any damage is extremely minimal and does not affect the capabilities of the unit. This offer is only valid for a limited time (until supplies last).

Also, Click Here to check out our other promotional offers we have going on right now.

Contact Reliable Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. to take advantage of this offer today!

March Madness Sale!

Reliable Heating March Madness Sale

Take advantage of our March Madness Spring Sale!

Manitoba spring weather can still be cold and frigid. Now is the best time to take advantage of our promotional offer to purchase a Daikin furnace (DM96VE) starting at ONLY $29.95 per month (for 5 years). This offer is only valid for a limited time (expired March 31, 2017).

This energy efficient Daikin furnace includes 2 Stage Heating, Energy Saving ECM Motor and the World’s BEST 12 Year Factory Warranty.

Also, Click Here to check out our other promotional offers we have going on right now.

Contact Reliable Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. to take advantage of this offer today!

Daikin Comfort Cash Rebate

Daikin Promo

For a limited time, when you install select, qualifying Daikin brand Energy-Intelligent™ indoor comfort products and systems, you will receive a Daikin Comfort Cash Rebate up to $1,500* CAD instantly! Energy- efficient Daikin indoor comfort systems can lower your monthly utility bills compared to your existing low-efficiency system. Comfort Cash Rebates can lower the initial cost of a new Daikin energy-efficient indoor comfort system. With Daikin Comfort Cash Rebates you start saving today. This offer brought to you exclusively by your local Daikin Comfort Pro dealer, Reliable Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. View qualifying models here.

*System includes select outdoor unit, indoor unit and ComfortNet™ control, where applicable. Furnace only rebates cannot be combined with system rebates. However, furnace only rebates may be combined with the 16 SEER SS Outdoor only rebate since it is not a complete system. For complete information about Daikin Comfort Cash Rebates, contact Reliable Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. Comfort Cash Rebates may not be combined with any other promotional offer or consumer financing offer. For additional product information, please visit www.daikincomfort.com. Rebates do not qualify for multi-family or commercial installations. Void where prohibited by law. Valid January 1, 2017 – February 28, 2017.

Rebates expire February 28, 2017.

Don’t Get Caught In The Cold

Furnace Maintenance Special Reliable HeatingDon’t get caught in the cold, maintain your furnace now!

Colder weather is fast approaching and you will need efficient, reliable heating to depend on. For a limited time get our Annual Furnace Maintenance for just $99.00 (regular $129.00). Save even more for multiple services such as air conditioning, HRV, gas fireplaces and more.

Also, don’t forget our Daikin Comfort Cash Rebates available on new furnace installations. Click here for more information!

Contact Reliable Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. today to book Furnace Maintenance service today.

Daikin Comfort Cash Rebate

Reliable Heating Daikin Furnace RebateFor a limited time, when you install select, qualifying Daikin brand Energy-Intelligent™ indoor comfort products and systems, you will receive a Daikin Comfort Cash Rebate up to $1,600* CAD instantly! Energy- efficient Daikin indoor comfort systems can lower your monthly utility bills compared to your existing low-efficiency system. Comfort Cash Rebates can lower the initial cost of a new Daikin energy-efficient indoor comfort system. With Daikin Comfort Cash Rebates you start saving today. This offer brought to you exclusively by your local Daikin Comfort Pro dealer, Reliable Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. View qualifying models here.

*System includes select outdoor unit, indoor unit and ComfortNet™ control, where applicable. Furnace only rebates cannot be combined with system rebates. However, furnace only rebates may be combined with the 16 SEER SS Outdoor only rebate since it is not a complete system. For complete information about Daikin Comfort Cash Rebates, contact Reliable Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. Comfort Cash Rebates may not be combined with any other promotional offer or consumer financing offer. For additional product information, please visit www.daikincomfort.com. Rebates do not qualify for multi-family or commercial installations. Void where prohibited by law. Valid September 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016.

Rebates expire December 31, 2016.